In early 2021, a developer asked for permission for their plans for the Property at the southwest corner of Albert and Division. They proposed two buildings – one on Division and the second smaller one on Albert. On the ground floors, they plan seven commercial units (stores) facing Division and 3 “live/work” units facing Albert plus a total of 20 apartments on second and third floors. A public meeting was held and a big concern was that there was insufficient parking – 28 spaces compared to a normal zoning requirement for 45. At the Committee of the Whole Council meeting on Monday May 30, a revised proposal will be presented that has 35 parking spaces. The new plan, which has been approved by the Planning and Development advisory committee, shrinks the unit sizes and widens the access driveway to allow parking there.
The development is for two buildings with a total of 7 Retail units on Division, 3 Live-Work units on Albert plus a total of 20 two bedroom apartments. This is in line with a previous development just south of here where the ground floor is occupied by commercial units but upper floors are residential.
For more detail see the original post on this subject here. At right is a drawing of their proposed building on Division.
Apartments Original: All units are proposed to be two-bedroom units, with sizes ranging from 800 to 912 sq. ft.
Apartments Revised: Two bedroom units will range from 720 to 880 sq. ft.
Seven Retail Units Original: 875 and 930 sq. ft.
Seven Retail Units Revised: 835 sq. ft.
Driveway Width Original: 6 meters
Driveway Width Revised (including 5.5 m parking spaces): 11.5 meters
There are other minor revisions such as the location of the Waste disposal area.
In justifying the reduced number of parking spaces (in the original proposal), the developer says:
There are 295 total parking spaces within municipal lots and on-street parking in the vicinity of the proposed development. The total peak observed demand for parking in the area, observed through detailed parking utilization surveys, was 67 spaces. As such, the study concluded that “ample parking is available within the vicinity of the subject site to accommodate the … deficiency of the proposed development.” As discussed throughout this report, the proposed development is located in a transit supportive neighbourhood. The area is also well served with dedicated walkways and shared roadways for cyclists.
As well as the 35 parking spaces on the property in the revised plan, it’s noted that there are 6 on-street spaces suitable for visitors.
Council is being asked to approve the By-Law required to re-zone and allow this project. Stay tuned.
These would not be high-end apartments although on the other hand, nowhere are they described as affordable. There are no elevators – and stairs go to external walkways at the rear of the building, overlooking the parking lot. The sizes are not large. No sell price estimates have been provided and there is no indication as to whether they are condos or for rent – I’d guess condos based on what this developer previously built.
The Developer is Harry James Enterprises – they previously built the condos south of this location – facing the Esplanade. Here is their web site/page for this proposal.
At the Committee of the Whole meeting on 30 May 2022, despite objections by Deputy Mayor Suzanne Seguin that there is still insufficient parking, Council voted to approve the project. Confirmation is still needed at next week’s regular Council meeting.
6 June 2022. The motion from the Committee of the Whole to approve re-zoning for the project was on the Agenda for approval at the regular Council meeting on June 6. However, it was withdrawn at the last minute and deferred until the next regular meeting on June 27.
28 June 2022. The motion to approve re-zoning for this project was approved at the Regular Council meeting on 27 June. The vote was 5-1 – Councillor Burchat was absent and Deputy Mayor Suzanne Seguin voted against.
- Two re-zonings requested – mostly about Albert-Division Development. – 13 April 2021